La Trombe de 1845

In the early afternoon of August 19th, 1845, a ferocious tornado  formed near Rouen, France and  followed the path of the Cailly river towards Montville (Seine-Maritime) and beyond. The tornado cut and knocked down trees and leveled a number of mills in the industrial valley. More than 300 workers were buried beneath the rubble; 60 people were killed outright, and of the 170 injured people, 15 died later due to the effects of their wounds.

A memorial, in Montville cemetery, pays tribute to those who lost their lives in this natural disaster: La Trombe de 1845 (The Tornado of 1845).

The memorial to those who lost their lives in Montville, France, due to the tornado of 1845.

La Trombe de 1845 | Memorial, Montville Cemetery, France.

The front face of the obelisk is inscribed with the following words:

A LA MÉMOIRE DES VICTIMES DE LA TROMBE DU 19 AOUT 1845.

PRIEZ DIEU POUR LE REPOS DE LEURS ÂMES.

Translated: In memory of the victims of the tornado of 19th August 1845. Pray to God that their souls rest in peace.

 A plaque at the front of this memorial provides visitors with information about the disaster in various languages and an old photograph of the monument, which shows that it was once adorned with a cross.

Old photograph of the memorial in Montville cemetery, paying tribute to those who lost their lives in the tornado: La Trombe de 1845

La Trombe de 1845 | Old Photograph of the Memorial, Montville Cemetery, France

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